Jones Point Lighthouse, Alexandria

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The Jones Point Light is a small river lighthouse located on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. It was built in 1855. It is a small, one-story house with a lantern on top and served primarily as a warning light for naval ships approaching the Washington Navy Yard. The lighthouse was discontinued in 1926, replaced by a small steel skeletal tower located nearby; this smaller tower was in use for ten years before being discontinued. After being dark for more than half a century, Jones Point Light was relit by a private concern in 1995, however, it was eventually put out again after ownership switched from the Daughters of the American Revolution Foundation to the National Park Service. Certain local efforts have called for the structure to be relit, but as of 2017, the only working lighthouse on the Potomac River is the Fort Washington Point Lighthouse, located five miles downriver.The lighthouse is located on Jones Point in Alexandria, and is part of Jones Point Park. Visitors can approach the lighthouse, but it is currently impossible to enter the building.The lighthouse is immediately north of the confluence of Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. The 1791-1792 survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia began at a spot that was then at the tip of a cape at the Point. The south cornerstone from the boundary survey remains in the seawall adjacent to the lighthouse.
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  • Enjoyed visiting the super awesome jones point lighthouse while I was tracking down the dc boundary markers. The lighthouse and surrounding grounds are taken care of, organized and maintained By The W...  more »
  • Went with my wife this past weekend. The trails leading to Jones Point are beautiful and serene. Enjoyed coffee while looking at the beautiful views and history  more »
  • Among history of the area, WWI industry, the lighthouse, and a beautiful river view, this place is the location of the first of the 40 boundary stones that mark the outline of the original ten-mile, s...  more »
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  • Wonderful historic waterfront location with picnic tables and beautiful lighthouse. I encourage restoring and reopening the lighthouse building to educate the people about Alexandria's hidden maritime history.
  • A nice little piece of history that is never too crowded.
  • Coolest history ever. Saw a documentary about the Masonic masons in Washington DC and George Washington. How Washington DC was established and how it started exactly at this point. I recommend this place for everyone and their children. Bring your dog, bring your family and bring a camera.
  • Quiet escape in the middle of the city. A beautiful area with some interesting history! You can clearly see the south point of the DC, VA, MD border here.
  • Well I hope to go but not right now it would be boring since I am only 9😡
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